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Oregon holding seat belt blitz, child car seat education

Oregon holding seat belt blitz, child car seat education

Oregon holding seat belt blitz, child car seat education

Police and sheriff’s departments across Oregon will be conducting what they call a “safety belt overtime blitz” for the next two weeks. It’s also a chance for the public to be educated on current child safety seat laws.

The blitz will happen from May 23 – June 5. Law enforcement agencies will be using federally funded overtime to help educate the public, NHTSA said in a statement. Drivers should expect to see extra emphasis on seat belt use Monday.

Oregon State Department of Transportation statistics from 2020 find that lack of a seat belt or child restraint was a factor in 32% of driving fatalities in the state, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Oregon passed a law in 2017 requiring children under the age of two to ride in a rear-facing car seat. After they turn two, they must still ride in a car seat with a harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or if they reach 4 feet 9 inches tall and if the adult belt fits them correctly.

Child car seats help distribute the force from a crash evenly across the seat and a child’s body, NHTSA said.

Statistics from NHTSA:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 1-12
  • 1,019 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes
    • Ten percent were reported not using a child restraint system
  • Of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in the United States in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts.
  • In 2017, safety belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives nationally
  • For drivers and front-seat passengers, using a lap and shoulder belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent in an SUV, van or pickup and by 45 percent in a car
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